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2012

N. Jeremi Duru

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Call In The Feds: Title Vi As A Diversifying Force In The Collegiate Head Football Coaching Ranks, N. Jeremi Duru Apr 2012

Call In The Feds: Title Vi As A Diversifying Force In The Collegiate Head Football Coaching Ranks, N. Jeremi Duru

N. Jeremi Duru

Over the course of the past decade, the racial complexion of the National Football League's ("NFL's") head coaching ranks has dramatically changed. For the bulk of the NFL's existence, it was virtually impossible for an African American to land a head coaching position. Whether as a result of "old boy" networking or stereotypical suppositions that African Americans lacked the intellectual capacity required to lead, manage, and teach a team of professional football players, African Americans toiled in assistant coaching positions for their entire careers with virtually no hope of ascending to the top spot.' Beginning in December of 2002, however, …